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“Let’s Talk Dementia”

Added on: 5th August, 2019 by O1

“Let’s Talk Dementia”

Last Updated:
Tue, 1 October 2019

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That was the invitation given to local residents and businesses to attend a brand new conference hosted by Orpington 1st in partnership with the Bromley Dementia Action Alliance (BDAA).

As part of Dementia Action Week 2019, Orpington 1st BID sponsored a unique conference at which all sections of the community were invited to come together to discuss, connect with and support those affected by dementia.

Held on the 23rd May at the ODEON cinema in the Walnuts Shopping Centre the event was free to attend and open to all.


It provided a great opportunity to develop new partnerships and learn about the changes individuals, business or organisations could make in order to assist those living with or caring for those with dementia.

Sharon Baldwin, Orpington 1st BID Executive Director said “our business community is committed to making Orpington a dementia friendly town centre and we are delighted to have helped deliver such an inspiring event as part of our programme of activity.”

In addition to the incredible list of professionals, guest speakers included those directly affected by dementia and businesses and organisations who are taking action to increase support and make improvements to the services they provide to their customers and the wider community.


Nicola Fishman of the Bromley Dementia Support Hub and the BDAA, who was integral in organising the event, was delighted with the response, saying, “I am grateful to all those who have supported and contributed to this inaugural event. The quality of speakers and information in the presentations has been outstanding.”

Earlier in the week on 21st May, Orpington 1st hosted free Dementia awareness training sessions for town centre businesses for the third year. As in Dementia Action Week 2017 and 2018, 36 training places were offered to the town's business community.


A virtual dementia experience tour bus provided delegates with an insight into what it might be like for those living with dementia to carry out day to day tasks, before a debrief session at Orpington Village Halls gave participants an opportunity to share their experiences and ask questions of the fully qualified trainers.

Marie McVey of McDonald's said, "the day has been absolutely fantastic and
I would fully recommend the experience to anyone working in a customer facing role. Through the virtual dementia experience and the debrief session you really receive a deeper understanding of what it might be like with this disease."


On the same day, Tesco Orpington hosted a pop-up information and advice event with representatives of the BDAA, Clarkson Wright & Jakes Solicitors and Bromley Dementia Support Hub.


Earlier this year Orpington Village Halls won the second Clayton Turner Award at the annual Orpington's Finest Awards. The award, created by Orpington 1st in 2018 in association with the BDAA, is presented to the town's most dementia friendly business. The inaugural award went to Clarkson Wright & Jakes.


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